After you’ve gone through the nerve racking part of your Bitch delivering her new litter of puppies, it’s really time to get focused on making sure these puppies are safe and secure. My father-in-law always says ‘dogs were meant to have puppies outside, that’s the way God made them‘ and while this is true, there are really a lot of things you can do to prevent any puppies from dying. If left outside the way God intended, there’s more loss of life and so we really can aid and assist in preventing that.
One way breeders lose puppies is because they don’t regulate the temperature of the puppies. Until the puppies are 3 weeks of age, they have no internal temperature gauge so you must make sure to regulate it for them. The ideal temperature for newborn puppies is between 80-90 degrees. You must make sure that they are not under a ceiling fan or beside a window or door where cold drafts come in. Once the puppy gets chilled, you can almost bet that puppy won’t make it. Each week after the first week of life, you can reduce that temperature by 5 degrees, so at 3 weeks, the puppies will be safe at around 75 degrees. After the 3rd week of life, the puppies are regulating their own temperature and can take on a more varying temperature range.
Just remember the facts: 80-90 degrees the first week of life with no drafts and your puppies should grow to be healthy dogs!